NHL: First Line Face-Off: Première Ligne Face-Off
By: Trent A. Brinkley March 3, 2015. Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
The 2015 NHL Trade Deadline was a very active one this year for some teams; from teams looking to load up with talent to make a run in the playoffs ( i.e. Chicago, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers), and others looking to rebuild and acquire draft picks (i.e. Dallas Stars, Arizona Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning). In my first edition of: NHL: First Line Face-Off: “Première Ligne Face-Off, I broke down my Top 5 Team Trades from the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline, An Early look at My 2015 NHL Playoffs Picture, Why I Picked those 16 Teams, and NHL Regular-Season Trophy Winners Predictions. I will be covering the NHL from now on so be sure to follow me on my various forms of Social Media, found at the bottom of this article under the heading “Social Media HQ”. Feel free to chime in on my #NHL thoughts on my various forms of social media, I would love to interact with my fans in the US and all over the world too.
In my second edition of NHL: First Line Face-Off: “Première Ligne, I will be breaking down each team in the NHL Playoffs this year, giving my predictions, and of course who I think will be hoisting the Stanley Cup this year. I want to thank you readers for all the support you give and the interaction you do with me on social media, it means a lot. This article marks the 35th article of my career since joining the Analyzed Sports team on December 19, 2014. I have the at most #Respect for all my co-workers: Andre Chapman, Charron Elliott, and Zack Warren, be sure to check out their work, and follow them on their social media handles as well. I will leave you with a motivational quote: “If you believe you can be the best, then one day you will be the best.” “Si vous croyez que vous pouvez être le meilleur, puis un jour vous serez le meilleur.” – Trent A. Brinkley. I hope you enjoy my first edition of NHL: First Line Face-Off: Première Ligne Face-Off, be sure to comment below, share this article with your friends, and follow me on my forms of social media, enjoy the piece hockey fans!
NHL: First Line Face-Off: Première Ligne Face-Off
Top 5 Team Trades from the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline:
1) Florida Panthers needed to go get players if they wanted to make a playoff push, they went out and acquired Dany Heatley and Jaromir Jagr.
Acquired: Rights to LW Dany Heatley, 2015 Draft 3rd Round Pick
Sent: Tomas Fleischmann
– The Panthers decided to trade LW Tomas Fleischmann knowing that he wasn’t going to re-sign with the team this summer. Fleischmann will now play once again under Head Coach Bruce Boudreau for the Anaheim Ducks. Fleischmann first played under Boudreau when he was on the Washington Capitals during the 2009-2010 season. The Czech native scored 23 goals and dished 28 assists during that season on the Washington Capitals. The Panthers in return acquired the rights LW Dany Heatley,has spent most this season in the minors. The former 2nd Overall Pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, hasn’t had the same high level production since he was a member of the Minnesota Wild during the 2011-2012 season. During that season, Heatley’s stats were: 24 Goals, 29 assists, 53 points. Since that season, Heatley’s production has dropped off significantly: 21 Points (2012-2013), 28 Points (2013-2014), and 0 points (2014-2015). The Panthers need the former 2nd Overall Pick in the 2000 NHL Draft to play at the same high level of production we are used to from Dany Heatley that we have grown a custom to, because he is a free agent this summer, and could just be a rental player for the Panthers for the rest of the season.
Acquired: LW Jaromir Jagr
Sent: 2015 2nd Round Pick, 2015 3rd Round Conditional Pick
– The Panthers decided also to trade their 2015 2nd Round Pick, and a 2015 3rd Round Conditional Pick (can choose Panthers’ or Wild’s pick) in exchange for another veteran left-winger in the former New Jersey Devils LW Jaromir Jagr. Jagr, in 57 games with the Devils, scored 11 Goals, dished 18 Assists, before he was traded to the Panthers. The 43 year old, currently in his 20th season in the NHL, is now on his 7th NHL team, but what a career it has been for the Czech native Jaromir Jagr. On Sunday, March 1, Jaromir Jagr, scored his first Panthers goal with 10:24 in the first period from a Jonathan Huberdeau in a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. The goal marks Jagr’s 717th career NHL goal, which now ties him with the great Phil Esposito for 5th All-Time.
2) With Patrick Kane out for 12 weeks due to surgery from a cross-check during a game, the Blackhawks had a very active Trade Deadline trading period. Acquiring several players but most notably D Kimmo Timonen, and C/RW Antoine Vermette.
Acquired: D Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia Flyers
Sent: 2015 NHL Draft 2nd Round Pick, 2016 NHL Draft 4th Round Conditional Pick
– The 39-year old Defenseman Kimmo Timonen hasn’t played all season because doctors noticed his health wasn’t 100% during the off-season. Doctors had noticed that Timonen blood clots in both his lungs and and lower right leg. After a health scare, and able to be 100% healthy, the Flyers gave him his wish of playing for NHL team that had a chance to win a Stanley Cup. This was why Kimmo Timonen came back, not for the money, but a chance to win a Championship, and the Flyers agreed to a trade him to the Blackhawks. Timonen participated in practice with the Blackhawks Sunday night marking it the first time he had been on the ice since last April. Timonen played his first game with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night, as they defeated/lost to the Carolina Hurricanes. Timonen’s stats from his first NHL game were: I expect that Kimmo Timonen will be a little slow with his pace in his first few games with Chicago, but he will be a force on the back-line the later end of the season. He will also provide a spark for the Blackhawks in the playoffs as they look to make a run for the Stanley Cup.
Statistic: Despite his age, 39 year-old Kimmo Timonen, currently ranks 3rd among active defensemen with 571 career points in 1092 games played.
Acquired: C/RW Antoine Vermette from Arizona Coyotes
Sent: 2015 NHL Draft 1st Round Pick, D Klas Dahlbeck
– Antoine Vermette, was shipped to Chicago in exchange for a 2015 NHL Draft 1st Round Pick and Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck. The Blackhawks expect Vermette to replace teammate Patrick Kane, who recently underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his left clavicle. Vermette before being traded to Chicago, had 13 Goals 22 Assists while playing for the Arizona Coyotes. Vermette, known for being a member of that great Ottawa team in 2007, that ultimately lost to the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup in 5 games. Vermette, now in his 10th season in the NHL brings a lot to a team he plays on; has great two-way abilities, goal-scoring ability, and is a lock-down penalty-kill defender in situations as well. Vermette has had 4 NHL seasons with 20+ goals, 6 NHL Seasons with 20+ assists, and 6 NHL Seasons with 30+ points. Vermette, is under is last year of his contract, and with the Blackhawks needing to save all the money they can re-sign Toews and Kane next summer. I expect this was just a rental use for Antoine Vermette, and could be re-signed if he can show his skills while being a member of the Blackhawks, he has too much talent to not be on a team for a full season next year.
Statistic: Vermette, while he was a member of the Coyotes, lead the forwards at an average Ice Time at 18:54, lead the forwards in power-play and penalty-kill minutes, and currently ranks 8th in the NHL in Face-Off Win Percentage at 56.0% Success Rate, one spot behind Jonathan Toews.
3) The Dallas Stars were looking to rebuild and acquire young talent and draft picks during this trade deadline. The Starts went out and got two 22-year old players and a 2nd Round Pick for veteran RW Erik Cole from the Detroit Red Wings.
Acquired: C/LW Mattis Janmark, D Mattis Backman, 2nd Round Pick
Sent: RW Erik Cole
– Erik Cole played 57 games this season with Dallas and had scored 18 Goals and had 17 Assists before being traded. The Stars sent the 36-year old right-winger to the Red Wings in exchange for two Swedish-born players: C Mattis Janmark, and D Mattis Backman. Both Mattis Janmark and Mattis Backman are expected to stay in Sweden this year and will most likely end up on the Texas Stars roster next season. Mattis Backman, is a bit undersized as a defenseman at 6-2 170lbs, but makes up for his lack of physical attributes with his talent. Backman, who has recorded 16 points in 23 games on Linkopings, the team he plays for in Sweden. Backman, has great hockey instincts and is definitely NHL ready, but I think Dallas will need he him to put on some more weight. He also needs to play a few games with the Texas Stars before he gets called up. Mattis Janmark on the other hand, is a gifted two-way player. Janmark at 6-1 196lbs can play both the center and left-wing position for the Dallas Stars. Janmark brings a lot of energy on the ice, but has even more skill on the ice shown in the video below. Dallas could be getting a great player once he comes to North America for many years to come. I predict Mattis Janmark to be a 35 Goals/per NHL Season playmaker. He currently has 36 points in 53 games for his team, Frolunda, which ranks second on the team.
4) The Tampa Bay Lightning made some bold trades to booster their team’s chances in making a deep playoff run this year and for years to come. The Lightning acquired veteran D Braydon Coburn and two draft picks.
– Acquired: D Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers
– Sent: D Radko Gudas, 2015 NHL Draft 1st Round & 3rd Round Picks
The Tampa Bay Lightning made a defensemen swap with the Philadelphia Flyers sending D Radko Gudas, and two 2015 NHL Draft picks in exchange for D Braydon Coburn. The former 8th Overall Pick in the 2003 NHL Draft, Braydon Coburn, now 30 years old, brings tons of veteran experience and skill to the Lightning back-line that was missing one piece. The Lightning have a very strong set of defensemen from their physical stature to their defensive skills and hockey IQ. The skilled defensemen include: Victor Hedman (6-6 233), Jason Garrison (6-2 218), Anton Stralman (5-11 190), Matt Carle (6-0 208), Braydon Coburn (6-5 220), and Andrej Sustr (6-8 228). This addition is huge for the Lightning as they were looking to make a deep run in the playoffs this year. Coburn, while a member of the Flyers, ranked first on the team with shifts per game at 27.9, and ranked third on the team with an average ice time of 20:14. His stats this season are: 1 Goal, 8 Assists, -1 +/- Rating, and has only served 16 penalty minutes this season. In his career, Coburn’s numbers are: 37 Goals 129 Assists 166 Points +23 +/- Rating 504 PIM. The Lightning are getting a very skilled defenseman who plays smart, physical-bruiser type defense (6-5 220), and has a very high hockey I.Q.
– Acquired: 2015 NHL Draft 2nd Round Pick, 2016 NHL Draft 2nd Round Pick
– Sent: F Brett Connolly
The Tampa Bay Lightning decided to trade one of their best offensive players in 22 year-old Brett Connolly to Eastern Conference rival, the Boston Bruins, for two draft picks. Connolly was one of the Lightning’s best offensive players because of his shooting percentage stat. Connolly’s shooting percentage when he was on the Lightning was 16.2% (48th in the NHL), in fact, that would rank 1st on the Boston Bruins among players who have played at least 400 minutes. That shooting percentage would be higher than Bruins’s superstar, Brad Marchand, who has a shooting percentage of 12.9%. Brett Connolly, who was playing his first full season with Tampa Bay, after bouncing between the AHL and NHL, was really starting to make offensive strides in his game. In 50 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he had 12 Goals, 3 Assists, and average ice time per game of 11:55. Connolly, will most likely end up on the Bruins 3rd or 4th line but could see an increased amount of playing time come playoffs if he can show to the coaches why he was worth trading two 2nd Round Picks to Tampa Bay.
5) The New York Rangers were actively looking to add one more piece to their back line who was a veteran in the NHL, has leadership traits, and has scoring ability. They got that in a trade to acquire D Keith Yandle from the Arizona Coyotes.
Acquired: D Keith Yandle, D Chris Summers, 2016 NHL Draft 4th Round Pick
Sent: D John Moore, LW Anthony Duclair, ’15 2nd Round Pick, 2016 Conditional 1st Round Pick
The New York Rangers are looking to make another run at the Stanley Cup Trophy after making it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year. The Rangers lost to the LA Kings in 5 games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Second year Head Coach Alain Vigneault has a great team: from young talent to veteran players to have great goalies in net. The Rangers needed a little more help, and went out and made some moves at the trade deadline. The Rangers acquired veterans D Keith Yandle and D Chris Summers from the Arizona Coyotes. Though the Rangers had to give up their top prospect in LW Anthony Duclair, 2 NHL Draft Picks, and D John Moore, I believe the trade works out the best for the Rangers in the long run. I feel like this team now is built like the 1994 New York Rangers that won the Stanley Cup. In 1994, the Rangers had a skilled team like the team this year, but needed to make a move at the trade deadline; so they went out and acquired Stéphane Matteau. Matteau is most notably remembered for his two overtime goals that he scored against the New York Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals. One goal in particular stands out in Matteau’s Rangers career his goal in Game 7 of that series shown in the video below. Who did Stéphane Matteau happen to score that goal on?? No other than Devils Rookie Goalie Martin Brodeur. The goal happened when Stéphane Matteau received a pass from Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov, and the rest is history. Now 21 years later, the Rangers went out and got one more piece of the puzzle by acquiring Keith Yandle from the Coyotes. Yandle is a very skilled defenseman who brings a physical-bruiser type play, has skills on the back-line, has a high hockey IQ, and can rack up the assists. I believe that this Rangers team will be one of the toughest teams to beat in the Eastern Conference come playoffs time. Plus, once a healthy G Henrik Lundqvist returns in net for the Rangers, look out Eastern Conference teams, because Madison Square Garden will be rocking.
Early look at My 2015 NHL Playoffs Picture
Why I have those 16 Teams in the Playoffs
Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks are currently (40-17-7), 1st Place in the Western Conference overall, and it’s due to solid goalie play. G Frederik Andersen- (29-8) 2.37 GAA .916 Save% 3 Shutouts
– ?? Did you Know?? : Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup with former Ducks G Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
Giguere’s Regular Season Stats: (36-10) 2.26 GAA .918 Save% 4 Shutouts
Winnipeg Jets: They have 7 players who have double-digit goals scored this season. C Bryan Little has the most with 24 Goals scored for Winnipeg.
Vancouver Canucks: The Sedin twins continue to rack up stellar stats again for the Canucks.
LA Kings: The LA Kings have 14 players with a +/- Rating greater than zero. Leading the way is C Tyler Toffoli, with a +20 +/- Rating.
Nashville Predators: Predators are one the best NHL teams this season in assists, 12 players have double-digit assists total this year. Leading the way is veteran C Mike Ribeiro- 40 assists.
Minnesota Wild: The Wild are really strong at killing opponents chances on the power play. In fact, they killed 32 straight penalties before Jason Spezza of the Dallas Stars ended that streak Sunday when he scored a PP goal in the second period. The franchise record for most killed penalties is 34.
St. Louis Blues: The Blues have two of the best goalies in the entire Western Conference. Brian Elliott- (20-9) 2.20 GAA .921 Save% Jake Allen– (17-6) 2.55 GAA .903 Save%
Chicago Blackhawks: Joel Quenneville has a very well-disciplined team that doesn’t spend much time in the penalty box. Only 6 Blackhawks players have been in the penalty box for more than 30 minutes total this season.
Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens are strong on the power-play, having players combine to score 30 PP Goals this season.
Boston Bruins: The Boston Bruins players are clutch in scoring game-winning goals this season. Having scored 31 GW Goals; C Patrice Bergeron leads the Bruins with 6 GW Goals.
Tampa Bay Lightning: The emergence of C Tyler Johnson has been key for the Lightning, allowing less pressure on Steven Stamkos to carry the load. Johnson’s Stats: 24 G 37 A +30 +/- Rating
Detroit Red Wings: Veterans Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg have been effective in leading the Red Wings, and have tons of playoffs and Stanley Cup experience.
New York Islanders: John Tavares has emerged as the superstar for the New York Islanders; when he is plays well, the Islanders as a team play well.
Washington Capitals: Superstar Alex Ovechkin is looking like he will win the 2015 NHL MVP Award this year, and possibly a Stanley Cup Trophy too.
New York Rangers: Rick Nash has regained his old form that fans of the game knew that Nash had from all those years he was on the Columbus BlueJackets. Rich Nash’s Stats: 37 G 21 A
Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are probably the best 1-2 punch currently in the NHL. Sidney Crosby’s Stats: 20 G 44 A Evgeni Malkin’s Stats: 26 G 38 A
My Predictions for Top Regular-Season Awards
Maurice Richard Trophy: Washington Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Montreal Canadiens D P.K. Subban
Calder Memorial Trophy: Nashville Predators C Filip Forsberg
Art Ross Trophy: Philadelphia Flyers RW Jakub Voracek
Vezina Trophy: Montreal Canadiens G Carey Price
William M. Jennings Trophy: Montreal Canadiens G Carey Price
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